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Maryland Consecutive Prison Sentences Impact Prison

Discussion in 'Probation, Parole, Incarceration' started by marragtop, Sep 26, 2014.

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  1. marragtop

    marragtop Law Topic Starter New Member

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    A family member who has a prior incarceration history received a 10 year sentence in March in MD. Prior to that conviction and sentence, he was awaiting trial on other unrelated charges. Now he has received another 10 year sentence on one of the unrelated charges/convictions. The judge ordered: 'Sentence consecutive to present sentence'.

    My question is two fold:
    Can the sentence be appealed to have it run concurrent withthe previous conviction?
    If the sentence stands, is 'good time' applied to both sentences from day 1, or if he gets an early out on the first sentence, does he then start serving the second sentence without any accrued 'good time'?

    I realize there are no guarantees, but any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    thanks
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Your questions concerning "good time" are best asked of the prison authorities.
    There is no way outsiders can comment on something that changes regularly in all states, and doesn't exist in other states.

    Take a look at these websites:

    http://dls.state.md.us/data/polanasubare/polanasubare_coucrijusncivmat/Dimunition-Credits.pdf

    http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/rehabservs/doc/pdfs/2007_Inmate_Handbook.pdf


    Okay, on to the appeal.
    The sentencing judge generally has the discretion to allow multiple sentences to run concurrent, or consecutive.
    He can, however, appeal the sentence and/or the trial.

    This pamphlet describes self representation in criminal matters, and the appellate process.

    http://www.courts.state.md.us/cosappeals/pdfs/cosaguideselfrepresentation.pdf

    In case you don't know, he can request a publicly funded appellate lawyer to handle his appeal. He doesn't have to go it alone.
     
  3. disagreeable

    disagreeable Well-Known Member

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    Generally the judge orders whether a sentence is to run concurrently or not at the time of sentencing. An appeal would need to be based on some error of law, not that you do not like your crook being in jail so long.
     

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